Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE IS LIMITED TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY
Soylent Green: Readings in New Media Art and Theory
Named for the 1973 dystopian science fiction film, Soylent Green: Readings in New Media Art and Theory will focus on the existential relationship between humans, art, and technology. We will engage the seminal texts in history and in our current moment that explain and describe the opportunities, fantasies, and failures of experiments in art and technology. Themes include embodiment, extensions, prosthetics, consciousness, over-population, decline, failure, states of exception, and homo sacer.
We will read texts about Experiments in Art and Technology E.A.T., kinetic and light art, New Tendencies, conceptual art, and texts by Jack Burnham, Marshall McLuhan, Roy Ascott, Bernard Stiegler, Mark BN Hansen, Thomas Malthus, CP Snow, Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
There will be a screening of Soylent Green, a related writing assignment, and a longer research project at the end of the course.